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2022 Mitsubishi Outlander: 5 things to know about this compact 3-row SUV

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2022 Mitsubishi Outlander (Image courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors)

While there has been talk among auto industry folks that Mitsubishi would be leaving the U.S. market soon, the reveal of the 2022 Outlander seems to prove otherwise. Based on the same platform of the all-new Nissan Rogue through the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, this all-new three-row SUV has the makings of a winner.

So, we wanted to talk about five things you should know about the all-new Outlander, as well as share brief spec-to-spec comparison of the Outlander vs. the Rogue. We don’t have all the details on Outlander yet, so we do mean brief, but you can’t ignore the similarities – or the differences.

Base price is $25,795

Outlander will skip the 2021 model year, and head straight to 2022. What we find interesting is it appears there will be a lot of added content without overzealously increasing the price. The outgoing model has a base of $24,895, so the overall increase is just $900.

The 2022 Outlander will be in showrooms starting in April.

Third row is standard

While the Rogue is a two-row only vehicle, the all-new Outlander will come with a standard third row. Because of the compact size of the Outlander, we’re not talking about a generously proportioned third row, but an occasional third row — even more occasional than the Kia Sorento we just tested.

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2022 Mitsubishi Outlander third row (Image courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors)

Primo interior

We assume the photos we’re seeing are from the top-tier SEL Touring and SEL trims, but dang, they look good. The reverse stitching and aluminum accents look very up market, and the overall design itself looks very attractive. The horizontal lines are clean and attractive, and the available 9-inch screen has a nice line-of-sight placement as well as a good mix of actual buttons and dials along with the touch-screen activations. An 8-inch center display is standard.

Available 20-inch wheels

As we mentioned above, the fine details for the 2022 Outlander are still a bit sketchy, but we do know there will available 20-inch wheels. We don’t know where they will come into play in the trim lineup or what the standard wheel size will be, but we do know that the Rogue wheels start at 17 inches and go up to 19. So, we wouldn’t be surprised if the base wheel on the Outlander is an 18.

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2022 Mitsubishi Outlander interior (Image courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors)

Cool tech features

While we don’t have package or trim-level options just yet, we do know there is a ton of technology available on the 2022 Outlander. First and foremost, the one thing we do know is standard: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. What’s unclear: If it’ll be wired in or wireless, like Rogue. Outlander will also get an available head-up display, My Mitsubishi App connectivity and a 12.3-inch full digital display.

We also see a lot of safety technology included on the new Outlander, and a lot of it we’ve seen on the new Rogue as well. But again, what’s standard versus available is still unclear. Safety features on Outlander include: adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic assist, a 360-degree camera view and automatic reverse braking.

The bottom line on the 2022 Outlander

The 2022 Outlander is a big deal for Mitsubishi, and if pictures don’t lie, this all-new compact SUV has some serious potential. It offers a lot of value added features, has a nicely designed interior and offers a (very) occasional third row.

We loved the 2021 Nissan Rogue, so if that’s any indicator, the all-new Outlander should be pretty good as well.

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2022 Mitsubishi Outlander (Image courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors)

2021 Nissan Rogue2022 Mitsubishi Outlander
Base price$25,750 $25,795
Passenger configuration2-row, 5-passenger3-row, 7-passenger
Drive configurationFWD or enhanced Intelligent AWDFWD or Super All-Wheel Control 4WD
Engine2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder with Direct Injection2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder with Direct Injection
Horsepower181 hp @ 6,000 rpm181 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque181 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm181 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm
TransmissionXtronic CVT8-sp sport mode CVT
Wheels17-, 18- or 19-inch aluminum-alloyAvailable 20-inch
Overall length183.0 in.185.4
Overall width w/roof rack72.4 in.73.3
Overall height66.9 in.68.8
Wheelbase106.5 in.106.5
Grade levelsS, SV, SL and new Platinum – each offered in front-wheel and all-wheel driveES, SE, SEL Touring, SEL

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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